During which Charlie Chaplin has a birthday.
via Society 6

During which Charlie Chaplin has a birthday.

via Society 6

My delightful inamorato, Trav S.D.'s second book, Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies, From Nickelodeons to YouTube is available to purchase!  I read it a while ago, before he sent it off the the printers, and it’s just great. It accomplishes something I’ve never seen done before, putting silent comedy in a far larger cultural context, all whole being super, super entertaining. 
Buy a hard copy here.
And the Kindle version via Amazon.
Here’s the blurb:
Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the internet. Author Trav S.D. mixes a wicked wit, a scholar’s curiosity, and a keen critical appreciation for laugh-makers through the ages, from classical clowns like Joseph Grimaldi to comedy kings like Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton…to more recent figures, from Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs to Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell…all the way down to the teenagers on YouTube whose backyard antics bring us full circle to slapstick’s beginnings. This valentine to the great clowns contains enough insights and surprises to open the eyes of even life-long comedy fans.
And in case you haven’t read it (you should, people!), Trav S.D,’s first book, No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous can be found here.

My delightful inamorato, Trav S.D.'s second book, Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies, From Nickelodeons to YouTube is available to purchase!  I read it a while ago, before he sent it off the the printers, and it’s just great. It accomplishes something I’ve never seen done before, putting silent comedy in a far larger cultural context, all whole being super, super entertaining. 

Buy a hard copy here.

And the Kindle version via Amazon.

Here’s the blurb:

Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the internet. Author Trav S.D. mixes a wicked wit, a scholar’s curiosity, and a keen critical appreciation for laugh-makers through the ages, from classical clowns like Joseph Grimaldi to comedy kings like Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton…to more recent figures, from Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs to Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell…all the way down to the teenagers on YouTube whose backyard antics bring us full circle to slapstick’s beginnings. This valentine to the great clowns contains enough insights and surprises to open the eyes of even life-long comedy fans.

And in case you haven’t read it (you should, people!), Trav S.D,’s first book, No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous can be found here.

My friend Iracel received her Chaplin pillow! (She has far better interior decorating skills than I do)

My friend Iracel received her Chaplin pillow! (She has far better interior decorating skills than I do)

I just uploaded this illustration of Charlie Chaplin meeting a (no doubt underage) extra, To Society6.

I am, once again, completely entranced by the pillow.

maudelynn:

This is Moorcrest. I see it everyday. Charlie lived here c.1921-1922  I want it. :D

Trav S.D and I should live here. 

maudelynn:

This is Moorcrest. I see it everyday. Charlie lived here c.1921-1922  I want it. :D

Trav S.D and I should live here. 

I just posted this on Etsy!

I just posted this on Etsy!

The illustrious Mr. Charlie Chaplin was born on this day in 1889. Please read Mr. Trav S.D.’s excellent blog post here.
Unfortunately, the starlet pictured above is likely fourteen years old or thereabouts.

The illustrious Mr. Charlie Chaplin was born on this day in 1889. Please read Mr. Trav S.D.’s excellent blog post here.

Unfortunately, the starlet pictured above is likely fourteen years old or thereabouts.

fuckyeahchaplin:

Theater Programme for Sunnyside c.1919

fuckyeahchaplin:

Theater Programme for Sunnyside c.1919

phobs-heh:

Anna Pavlova and Charlie.
it’s Anna’s birthday today.

phobs-heh:

Anna Pavlova and Charlie.

it’s Anna’s birthday today.

fuckyeahchaplin:

1912 photo a scene from Chaplin’s famous sketch “A night in an English Club” when Charlie was on a North American Tour with Fred Karno’s Troupe
Charlie is on the right, wearing a white shirt and black tie.

fuckyeahchaplin:

1912 photo a scene from Chaplin’s famous sketch “A night in an English Club” when Charlie was on a North American Tour with Fred Karno’s Troupe

Charlie is on the right, wearing a white shirt and black tie.

(via fuckyeahchaplin)

fuckyeahchaplin:

Charlie with sculptor Jo Davidson c.1924

fuckyeahchaplin:

Charlie with sculptor Jo Davidson c.1924

(via maudelynn)

silent-films:



The Gold Rush, 1925.

silent-films:

The Gold Rush, 1925.

Sunnyside (1919) written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin

(Source: mcavoys, via maudelynn)

chaplinfortheages:

The great Russian Ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (arm around Charlie who is on the right hand side in his police uniform) and his company visit Charlie on the set of “EASY STREET” in 1917. Edna Purviance is standing in the center and Eric Campbell standing in the back. Nijikinsky greatly admired Charlie Chaplin’s movement and thought him a natural dancer.  Charlie also greatly admired Nijinsky and did homage to him in “SUNNYSIDE” with the “DANCE OF THE WOOD NYMPHS”

chaplinfortheages:

The great Russian Ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (arm around Charlie who is on the right hand side in his police uniform) and his company visit Charlie on the set of “EASY STREET” in 1917. Edna Purviance is standing in the center and Eric Campbell standing in the back. Nijikinsky greatly admired Charlie Chaplin’s movement and thought him a natural dancer.  Charlie also greatly admired Nijinsky and did homage to him in “SUNNYSIDE” with the “DANCE OF THE WOOD NYMPHS”

(via fuckyeahballetsrusses)

fuckyeahchaplin:

a very young charlie chaplin

fuckyeahchaplin:

a very young charlie chaplin